CD Projekt Red, developer of the critically acclaimed Witcher series, has just announced that they have delayed their highly anticipated 2020 release, Cyberpunk 2077 — and that’s not a bad thing. The Polish developer took to Twitter today to announce that their upcoming open-world RPG has been pushed back from its original April release date to September 17 later this year.
The message from Marcin Iwiński, studio co-founder, and Adam Badowski, studio head, had this to say: ‘We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done… We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.‘
While more often than not the gaming community responds to delay announcements with harsh backlash, this time the response has been different. Some fans have expressed their disappointment with the change, but most responses have been empathetic (or at least indifferent). One user on twitter said, ‘Well, I’d prefer that your employees get the time that they need to work on a game in relative comfort rather than have to crunch and be miserable.’
As ‘crunch-time’ during the end of development cycles has become a more pressing issue in the video game industry, it appears that gamers are fine with waiting longer for the final product. Just this week another big name studio, Square Enix, has announced they are delaying the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Both consumers and developers are seeing the benefit of waiting for a finished product rather than a hastily rushed game.
Despite news of the delay, this might not be too bad in terms of profit for CD Projekt Red. In 2013, another studio delayed their highly anticipated, large scale, open-world game with extreme detail. That studio was Rockstar Games with their super-hit Grand Theft Auto V. In its first 24 hours, GTA V sold over 11.21 million copies, generating $815.7 million for Take-Two Interactive. The open-world action game has shipped over 115 million copies in its lifetime.
Hopefully CD Projekt Red will follow the example of Rockstar Games, and Cyberpunk 2077 will be a higher quality, longer lasting game due to the delay.
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